Walking in Kyoto’s Streets

Maiko Style Experience It’s been very hot the past few days. The temperatures have been rising past into the hundreds (about 40°C), and when it’s hot like this, I remember the spring and summer heat from my time living in Japan… I’m just glad that it isn’t humid here in California!

I’m still very behind on my blogging. Lots of posts from last year’s summer travels still. But, I wanted to share a post from last spring when I got to dress up like a maiko in Kyoto during the hanami season. This is one of my favorites because the focus is on that beautiful obi!

Happy summer! Hope you are all staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen, and enjoying the gorgeous, late sunsets!

Japan in Lucky Color

Diana F+ | Lucky Color 35mm

The New Flickr

Flickr just announced their big changes and a new look to boot. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the changes and am contemplating whether to maintain my Flickr Pro status or revert to the free account. There are loads of changes, but in summary, the biggest difference now between being a free user and a paid user is that free users get 1 TB of storage space (and ads, boo!), and paid users (~$50/year) basically get an ad-free experience with no difference in storage space or bandwidth. As for Flickr Pro, Flickr is no longer offering new Flickr Pro accounts. They are, however, grandfathering the existing Flickr Pro users — same benefits as before (unlimited storage and bandwidth), for same pricing of ~$25/year. I’m included in the grandfathered accounts, but I still don’t know if $25/year is worth it now. I was basically paying for the space, and now they’re just handing it out for free.

But moving along, this is not a post about Flickr. Although if you’d like to take a peek at my Flickr, it’s here: { mmmfruit on Flickr! }

Expired Lucky Color Film

I spent some time today learning more about VueScan and my scanner, and I was able to get better, and more consistent, results with the scans from my test roll. Also, upon closer inspection of my film, I discovered that the purple spots are in fact on the negatives, and not a problem with my scanner. (Phew!) I’m not too worried because, well, it is a test roll, and they aren’t my best shots anyway. So, don’t mind the purple spots, dust, or scratches; I didn’t bother to remove any of them.

I was happy to see the few images which did come out though. I got a bit of that 懐かしい nostalgic feeling seeing pictures of my old home.

Diana F+ | Lucky Color 35mm An improved scan from the neighborhood sale in Fukuroi City, Shizuoka. I’m much happier with this one than the first one I shared earlier this month.

Diana F+ | Lucky Color 35mm

Diana F+ | Lucky Color 35mm

These two are from a hanami party at Hamamatsu Castle in Shizuoka prefecture.

All of the images in this post were photographed using a Diana F+ with 35mm film adapter, using Lucky Color film 200 ASA expired in 2007, developed and scanned in 2013.

a neighborhood sale in Japan

a neighborhood sale in Japan

A snapshot from my life in Japan, captured on 99-cent only store Lucky Color Film from China several years expired and badly stored through extreme changes in temperature. From a test roll using a 35mm adapter in my Diana F+.

Will re-scan after I have time to inspect my scanner. Am getting strange purple spots which I don’t see on the scanner, or on the film. Also, color and quality of scans is completely different using same scanner (Canon CanoScan 8800F) but different programs, so I am going to have to do a few more experiments before posting the other shots from the roll.

This photo makes me miss my former life in Japan.

Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station

In the two years I lived in Japan, I visited the city of Kyoto about six times. Next to Tokyo, it is probably the city which I visited the most, and one of my favorite cities in all of Japan.

Kyoto Station Completed in 1997, Kyoto Station in particular is also one of the most beautiful stations I have ever passed through. It contains elements of futurism architecture, yet it is the main hub of one of the least modern cities.

Kyoto Station 京都駅 #Japan #Kyoto #travel

The architect who designed Kyoto Station is Hiroshi Hara (原 広司). He is also known for designing the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka, the Yamato International building and the University of Tokyo’s Komaba Campus II in Tokyo, and the Sapporo Dome in Hokkaido.

Kyoto Station

Starbucks Sakura Collection 2013

Starbucks Sakura Collection 2013

The Starbucks Sakura Collection for 2013 is more monotone and simple this year compared to the 2011 collection and 2012 collection which were sold during my time in Japan. The previous two years had a blue or turquoise contrast color, but this year Starbucks decided to keep it pink, pink, and more pink.

Luckily, one of my husband’s former students came to stay with us for one week, and he just so happens to work part time at Starbucks! So as an omiyage (souvenir), he brought back a “Doodle it” style tumbler for each of us!

Starbucks Sakura "Doodle it" Tumbler 2013 This specific product is a stainless steel coffee tumbler with an exterior plastic casing. It includes a “non-erasable” pen which can be used to write directly onto the stainless steel, as well as a clear insert sheet with cherry blossom stickers. The clear insert sheet can remain as-is, or you can remove the stickers and use them to decorate the tumbler with your own sakura design. Super cute!

I am still thinking about what I would like to write on my tumbler, so I haven’t decorated mine yet…

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